Rappers team for track inspired by new LeBron James documentary.
Four of the hottest MCs in the game have come together for a new single inspired by the forthcoming LeBron James documentary “More Than a Game.”
Eminem, Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Drake combined mics for the song “Forever,” which will appear on a collection of tracks inspired by the film (due in theaters Oct. 2). The soundtrack will be released Sept. 29 on Interscope Records.
An early version of the song — featuring Wayne, Drake and Nut Da Kidd and produced by Boi-1da (Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” and “Uptown”) — has already hit the Internet, but this week, the version with the aforementioned rappers is expected to debut, reports MTV News. [Scroll down to listen.]
“They redid it, it got mixed over the weekend, now it’s getting mastered,” Young Money president Mack Maine told MTV Monday.
Polow Da Don will executive produce the soundtrack, which will also include songs by T.I., Mary J. Blige and Young Jeezy, according to Rich Paul, who works with James as a part of their marketing company LRMR.
The song came together when Gee Roberson, an executive at Atlantic Records who also manages West and helps oversee the careers of Drake and Wayne, visited LeBron during the playoffs in May.
“He came over and played this — it was me, LeBron and Maverick [Carter, James' manager],” said Paul, who will co-executive produce the project for James’ camp. “And he played the track. It was hot. It went right with the movie. It was like perfect for a moment that you want to be forever. And when he decided to put Wayne, Drake, Kanye and Eminem on it [together], it just makes it better. It’s one of those songs fans will really want to hear forever. It’s that type of feeling.”
“There’s gonna be an unexpected feature on the hook,” he added. “Right now, we have three different R&B singers writing the hook to see who comes up with the best one. I’mma be shocked. So I can’t tell you who it’s gonna be.”
On the original, Drake performs double duty, rapping and singing the chorus. Plans call for Drake, Wayne, West and Em to shoot a clip for “Forever” next month in New York, Paul said, directed by Hype Williams.